Tag: baby sleep

Dr. Harvey Karp answers parents’ biggest sleep questions. Yes! | Spawned ep 68

On this week’s episode of the Spawned podcast, we are excited to welcome Dr. Harvey Karp, of Happiest Baby on the Block fame, though he virtually needs no introduction. We’re so excited he joined us to answer some of parents most difficult questions about sleep, whether they’ve got newborns or, uh…tweens. We appreciate his common sense, non-judgmental approach to sleep, not to mention some of the tips that saved our own lives when we were new parents. (If you know his genius 5 S’s, you know just what we mean.)   Listen now! And don’t forget to subscribe to Spawned with Kristen...

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New Jersey parents of newborns can take home baby boxes filled with everything—even a bed.

When I was an overwhelmed brand-new mom, I wished for a magical box that would somehow contain all that my newborn would need: Diapers, health supplies, onesies, how-to guides, a baby bed for safe sleeping. Yes. An actual baby bed. In a box. It turns out that the idea isn’t only real, it can be life-saving. And thanks to The Baby Box Co., 105,000 new families in New Jersey will experience them firsthand — for free! Related: Safe sleep sources on SIDS and more The creators of The Baby Box Co. were inspired by a 75-year-old Finnish initiative that sends new families home with baby boxes after they’d received prenatal care and...

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8 of the coolest high-tech baby gifts that new parents will actually use | Baby registry essentials guide

There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry. Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf...

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Safe sleep for babies: 5 reliable sources on SIDS and more, so you can sleep better too.

In honor of SIDS Awareness Month, we’re sharing five of our go-to, reliable resources on safe sleep for babies. After all, sleep is easily the topic that consumes our minds as new parents more than any other — Are they getting enough sleep? Do I really need a schedule? Is my crib okay? Is my mattress okay? Are bumpers actually unsafe? Can they sleep with me? What happens if the baby rolls over onto her stomach?  We get it. It’s stressful! So we really hope these resources help new parents get the info and the reassurances we all need, so we can hopefully rest just...

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The cutest sleep sacks that can actually help babies and toddlers get more ZZZs.

Since becoming pregnant with my first child, I’m trying to absorb all the advice, dos and don’ts of taking care of a baby before I have the baby. (Fortunately, working with all the moms at Cool Mom Picks is a huge help!) One of the things I didn’t actually know is that blankets and stuffed animals in the crib are a no-no, so I’ve been researching the cutest sleep sacks for babies and toddlers. I’m looking for something snuggly, safe, and also easy for parents to use, because sleepless nights require all things easy. (Am I right, BTDT parents?) Thankfully, I’ve found some seriously adorable sleep...

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SoundBub: The cutest (and smartest) portable white noise machine ever.

I never used a white noise machine with any of my kids when they were babies, which may explain why they were such terrible nappers. Compare that to my friends, who’d come over for dinner and board games with their babies in tow. Their kids slept soundly in our room with a white noise machine running, while we hung out in the next room. Traveling with a plug-in white noise machine is clunky, though, so I’m happy to discover the SoundBub. This adorable white noise machine is now at the top of my baby shower gift ideas list. For parents who are on-the-go...

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The Baby Registry Essentials Guide: The Coolest Gifts for the Eco Mom

You know how much we love to seek out the very coolest baby registry essentials and must-haves, both as a group of moms who are searching for cool baby gifts for our own new additions, and as those who only wish we had them when ours were young ones. Especially when it comes to cool eco baby products that make you feel that much better about the items you’re buying. So we are beyond thrilled to have joined up with the most perfect partner, Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry, for some of the coolest baby essentials. They make personalized, unbiased product...

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9 travel essentials for babies that are worth the money

Going on a vacation with a baby can be a lot of work, but if there’s anyone who needs to get away and relax for a while it’s a new parent. (We support you, new parents!) We have all packed for a lot of trips over the years, and we’ve put our heads together to figure out which travel essentials for babies are great to have on hand — and which are totally unnecessary. Some of these are splurges, some are bargains. But I really think they’re all great values because they do a great job at what they’re supposed to do. After all, your...

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The sweetest and sassiest new swaddle blankets for spring and summer: Bunnies, birds, bees and zoonicorns

I think I probably speak for most parents of young babies when I say that swaddle blankets are my life. And ironically, mostly not for swaddling. I mean, yes, my kids were wrapped up like burritos in the early months, but those handy swaddle blankets also doubled as nursing covers, sun shields, emergency burp cloths, picnic blankets…you name it. So in honor of all you lucky parents of babies just arriving, I rounded up a variety of styles for spring that I love — from traditional to modern to quirky — that will have you brainstorming new excuses to buy more swaddles.   Canada’s Lulujo continues to launch irresistibly cute...

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The BabyBjorn bouncer gets a modern makeover with polka dots

I’m determined to keep the baby clutter to the necessary minimum for this second round of parenting, and not a wipe warmer more. (Actually, not a wipe warmer at all.) We misplaced a few of our essential items, though, including the trusty baby bouncer so what great timing to discover the new BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft from the BabyBjorn Dots by Karin (as in, the company’s art director Karin Hoxster) collection that’s exclusively at Kohls. I was raised in a house designed almost entirely in black and white, so this very cool modern polka dot collection caught my eye right away. It’s exactly what I have been looking for —...

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12 of the coolest baby gifts, gadgets, and gear of the year: Editors’ Best of 2014

Shopping for baby gifts might just be among our favorite kind of shopping to do, and we’ve featured no shortage of amazing baby gift ideas on our site this year. (If we do say so ourselves). After much consideration, deliberation, and debate, we’ve narrowed it down to the very coolest, all of which we would have loved to receive ourselves when our little ones were born. Here, our picks for 12 of the best new baby gifts of 2014. That will be just as cool to give to some lucky parents in 2015.   This is post is part of of our annual series of Editors...

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7 essential tips for tummy time to make it easier for babies. And parents.

As moms ourselves, we completely understand the importance of tummy time–we’ve been through it oh, a half-dozen times between all of our kids. We also remember how stressful it was at first, because you’re always hearing how important it is to give your infant tummy time–but no so much about how to do it so that there’s no crying and fussing. (And we’re not just talking about the baby.) One of the basics: Having somewhere safe and clean to put the baby, right? That’s why we’re thrilled to be working with our newest sponsor Sleep Made to Measure, which offers a smart collection...

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Aden + Anais’ new Pure Merino Muslin collection: Sleep never felt so good.

When I finally figured out how to get my babies in a good, tight swaddle, it changed my life. My night life, at least, because mama finally got to sleep. So I mean it when I say a good swaddling blanket makes all the difference in the world, because no matter how well you swaddle your baby, if it comes undone 30 minutes later it’s useless. That’s why I’ve been a fan of Aden + Anais since the day they first hit shelves. But now that I’ve seen their new Pure Merino Muslin collection of luxury swaddling blankets, I’m almost looking forward to...

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HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper totally reinvents the bassinet

Waiting for someone to build a better bassinet? Well exciting news, expectant parents: HALO, creators of those cozy, fool-proof sleepsacks we love, is launching a bassinet called the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper, and trust me when I say it’s a game-changer. (Get it? Bassinet + Nest? Bassinest.) Now I will say that when I had my first baby last summer, I was showered with tidbits of new mom advice, one of which was not to buy a bassinet no matter how adorable I thought one would be. I was told that a bassinet would take up too much room (a hot commodity where we lived), delay sleep-training,...

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BTDT new mom tip: Spend more on the mattress, less on the crib

A newborn’s sleep is something moms take seriously–as in don’t-you-dare-turn-that-vacuum-on seriously. So we spend a ton of time picking out the perfect crib, and not a whole lot of time thinking about the mattress. I’m here to tell you to shift your mindset. We’ve loved Naturalmat for a long time for their completely non-toxic mattresses for little ones. If you’ve ever opened a new mattress for yourself and dealt with the fumes coming from it, then you understand why I’d rather my baby have a more eco-friendly option. Naturalmat has been committed to making all their products by hand (in...

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Web Coolness: Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, the best states for working moms, and some poignant posts from around the web.

Every week we share our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.    It’s last minute Mother’s Day gift idea time and we have you covered with a ton of ideas you can make, by, or otherwise cobble together with love. These Mother’s Day ecards from our favorite apps are guaranteed to arrive in time. Looking to make a donation on your mother’s behalf? Check out the good work of the Worldwide Fistula Fund. Thanks Pinterest for sharing our Mother’s Day Pinterest board as a favorite. We kind of like it too! A lovely...

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Need some new lullaby music for babies or kids? Try Lullabies by Laurie Berkner. Our kids are snoring, and it’s music to our ears.

If you are looking for lullaby music for babies–or even for bigger kids–I am the person to ask. The routine to get my kids down has never been so easy, and so like most parents in the world, I sing. And sing. And sing. If you’re looking for new lullaby music, lately we’ve been singing along to Lullabies by Laurie Berkner in our home and it is definitely doing the trick. Here’s how good Lullabies is: we put it on in the car during our morning commute to school, with my kids hyped up on syrup and OJ (sorry, teachers.)...

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5 ridiculous baby products that seem like April Fool’s Day jokes…but aren’t

Every now and then we see ridiculous baby products that make us wonder if they’re real or…if they’re April Fool’s Day jokes left over from years past. Turns out, these five crazy baby products are not jokes at all. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t make us laugh. Or gasp. Or encourage some parents somewhere to think, “hey, I need that!”  We’ll chalk it up to pregnancy brain. We’ve all been there. You get a free pass.   1. The Baby Mop. Hey, your baby’s rolling around on the floor anyway, might as well put him to good use....

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Web Coolness: Boys who love Rainbow Loom, a spooky cool baby announcement, Pinterest price drops, and more

Every Friday, we comb the web to find some great links worth reading. Here are a few links we’ve liked this week. We hope you like them too.   This just might be the coolest baby announcement idea we’ve ever seen. No postage, either. (via Mom-101) We’re pretty excited to be Etsy Page tastemakers. Follow our recommendations including some great gifts for holidays. Looks like our Editor Kristen’s son is one of many boys interested in Rainbow Loom. Awesome! Get a peek at the new Ralph Lauren Winter Olympics uniforms, this time all smartly produced in the USA. Love these eco-friendly...

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A cradle that will rock more than your baby

File this one under “Ever-Growing List of Gorgeous Things Celebrities Own That We Never Will.” It’s pretty much the most beautiful cradle I have ever seen. With the most extraordinary price tag. The So-Ro Cradle (“be calm” in Norweigan) is a stunning piece of furniture; walnut-covered baltic birch plywood, artfully crafted into a safe haven for babies that feels right at home with the Eames and the Noguchi. It rocks forward-to-back, not side-to-side which So-Ro creator Ane Lilian Tveit, a neurological expert, discovered soothes babies much better. And it’s evidently built with all kinds of safety in mind including a tilted mattress with various...

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